January 22, 2009 commemorates St. Patrick’s Day in true Caribbean style. With the distinction of being the only country in the world outside of Ireland to recognize St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday, the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean celebrates this annual event with week-long festivities held March 14 – 21, 2009.
Berthia ParleSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—President of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) Berthia Parle has called for the introduction of tough legislation to halt "unscrupulous operators" engaging in irresponsible hotel and tourism development in the region.Addressing the 8th Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) on the theme "Sustainable Development: A Balancing Act" taking place in Puerto Rico, Parle pointed to the continuing disregard on the part of some developers for their corporate social and environmental responsibilities.
Alec Sanguinetti SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – American citizens will now need passports to return home from the Caribbean from Dec. 31, 2006, instead of the Dec. 31, 2005 date that was originally proposed, Director General Officer of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) Alec Sanguinetti has said.Last year Washington announced that as of Dec. 31, 2005, all citizens traveling to the Caribbean would need passports to return home and the same rule would apply to those returning from Canada and Mexico by plane or ship, from Dec. 31, 2006.
Cuba has become a tourism hotspot in the Caribbean.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados—There are favorable prospects for the region’s tourism sector this year, on the heels of a rocky 2005, which saw moderate growth overall.The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) forecasts that business will turnaround and the region could expect growth to range between 2.5 percent and three percent this year.
Queen Mary 2 KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent- This eastern Caribbean nation last month welcomed to its shores the world’s largest cruise ship – Queen Mary 2 – with tourism officials saying the call this season will “make-it- or-break-it for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”